Seattle's Queen Anne Neighborhood News Blog


New Queen Anne shop Vian Hunter features vintage clothing and more

November 17th, 2014 by Laura

This past weekend, while walking around the Queen Anne business district, a new shop caught my eye. Just around the corner from The Towne at 6 W Howe St is the new location for Vian Hunter House of Fashion

VianHunter windowFormerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of their wares on their Facebook page or web site.

The store just opened this past Saturday, and Lisa says they’re “excited about being in the Queen Anne neighborhood”. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Swissa Jewelers now open in old Calva Café spot

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Swissa storefrontIt’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.

Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.

Swissa signWhen I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.

The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.

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Twirl Café says goodbye, Umbrella Tree says hello

October 1st, 2014 by Laura

twirl logoToday Twirl Café announced that it will close on October 31st. The community gathering spot for kids and their families has hosted many movie nights, classes, meals, and happy hours. But, while it’s the end for Twirl, it’s also the beginning for Umbrella Tree.

An education studio that launched in January of this year, Umbrella Tree will take over the Twirl spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N. Umbrella Tree will offer classes and services for kids up to five years old and their parents/guardians. An open house celebration is planned for early December.

Umbrella TreeUmbrella Tree won’t be completely new to many Twirl customers, as it’s been offering classes at Twirl since January of this year. Plus, they were behind the Backpack Drive for Northwest Center in August of this year. Owners Arlene Sargeant, Louise Books, and Kelly Singer know the Queen Anne community and look forward to providing classes and services in 5 categories: play, education, wellness, community, and home.

Umbrella Tree will also offer birthday parties and drop-in play in the “Umbrella Room” playspace.

As for Twirl, the café will honor outstanding gift certificates, punch cards, and other credits until October 31st. According to Twirl owner Rebecca Pelletier: “As a Mom and resident of the Queen Anne community, I have treasured every moment serving and supporting moms in this neighborhood, and beyond. I’m excited about what’s next for the Twirl Cafe space.”

October 31st will be the last day to play at Twirl, and the café will participate in the annual Trick-or-Treating on Queen Anne Ave N. will be October 31.

Stop by Twirl to say goodbye, and get ready to welcome Umbrella Tree to the neighborhood.

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Zeek’s Pizza opening on Upper Queen Anne in September

August 4th, 2014 by Laura

Zeeks temp signBack in April, we posted the news that Zeek’s Pizza would be opening an Upper Queen Anne location. We were tipped by a reader who saw the liquor license application on the Seven Hills building window.

It’s been a few months now, but work is kicking into high gear at the 1919 Queen Anne Ave N spot. A fence is up around the construction area and a temporary sign is up.

According to a tweet from Zeek’s, we can expect them to start serving pies at Seven Hills in September:

Zeeks September

Start checking your weekly junk mailers for Zeek’s coupons – if they have an expiry date of September or later, you can save them for the new location!

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Zeek’s Pizza moving into Seven Hills spot on Queen Anne Ave N

April 29th, 2014 by Laura

Zeeks license applicationWe’d heard rumors and hearsay that Zeek’s Pizza was moving into the large retail space in the Seven Hills at 1919 Queen Anne Ave N – and it looks like they were true. A reader (thanks, Aaron!) sent us a photo of a newly posted liquor license application for the space, and sure enough, it’s Zeek’s Pizza.

No details are available from Zeek’s, we’ve tried contacting them since rumors first surfaced a couple months ago. When more information is available, we’ll keep you updated.

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Taylor Shellfish opens its doors this Wednesday

April 19th, 2014 by Laura

Taylor ShellfishBack in November, we posted on the new Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location for Taylor Shellfish – and, fast forward to now and they’re set to open to the public this Wednesday, April 23 at 4pm.

According to Taylor Shellfish: “Our menu is centered around our farm to table fresh shellfish. We will serve our oysters both raw and baked, steamed clam and mussels along with chowders, crab, geoduck and salads. We will accompany our menu with wine, beer and cocktails.”

The new spot has a casual atmosphere and feel, designed for all shellfish lovers. You can check out some of their offerings in the photos to whet your appetite prior to Wednesday’s opening:

Taylor Shellfish menu

Stop by Taylor Shellfish at 124 Republican St (in the EXPO Apartments building) starting this Wednesday and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Krav Maga Seattle opening April 26 with a Grand Opening celebration

April 12th, 2014 by Laura

Krav Maga SeattleA new Krav Maga fitness and self-defense studio is opening on Queen Anne, just west of Lake Union, later this month. Krav Maga Seattle is nearing completion on its new space at 1009 8th Ave N and is planning a grand opening on Saturday, April 26th.

You may be familiar with the team at Krav Maga Seattle from classes it held at the Queen Anne Community Center, introducing residents to the practice of Krav Maga.


KMS Introductory Class at QACC

You no longer have to wait for the occasional introductory class at QACC, you can go directly to KMS’s new studio and begin (or continue) your Krav Maga practice.

KMS will be the only officially licensed Krav Maga Worldwide training center in Seattle. The opening celebration runs from 10am to 3pm with free classes, prizes (t-shirts, water bottles, free classes, etc), and discounts on membership. Plus, from 11am to 3pm, you can snag some lunch at the Now Make Me a Sandwich food truck, right outside the KMS studio.

You can learn more about KMS via their Facebook page. Stop by on April 26 to learn more about the practice and the new studio.

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New shabu shabu spot Roaring Bowl now open on Lower Queen Anne

January 29th, 2014 by Laura

roaringbowlEarly this month, a sign was up in the window of the EXPO Apartment buildings stating that Roaring Bowl was “hiring” – well, the new shabu shabu spot quietly opened its doors last night at 516 1st Ave N.

The new Asian-inspired restaurant focuses on shabu shabu, and also offers Gamjatang and Robota grill. Roaring Bowl’s shabu shabu provides diners with an interactive experience, where they cook thin slices of meats, seafood, and/or vegetables in a hot broth at their table, seasoning the soup to their tastes.

Roaring Bowl menu itemRoaring Bowl has an open kitchen concept with three main menu concepts – in addition to shabu shabu, they’ll also serve Gamjatang, a spicy Korean pork bone soup, and Robota Grill, where chefs grill and serve chicken kushiyaki style, Korean kalbi (beef short ribs), and tograshi brined pork belly.

Owned by Northwest native Sean Kaywood, the restaurant will serve high quality, seasonally sourced local ingredients such as wild salmon, kurobota pork belly, and Painted Hills beef. Kaywood’s travels in Asia inspired him to bring the flavors of Japan, Korea, and China to his new restaurant.

Roaring Bowl will be open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, with one hour of complimentary parking available at the EXPO Building.

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Robert Ramsay wine tasting room to open on Queen Anne

January 26th, 2014 by Laura

Robert Ramsay storefrontAttention oenophiles – Robert Ramsay Cellars is opening a wine tasting cellar at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N (in the spot previously held by Café de Lion).

Woodinville has been home to the boutique winery, but Queen Anne is home to owner/winemaker Robert Ramsay Harris, better known as Bob Harris, and his wife, Lauren, who’ll be running the day-to-day operations of the Queen Anne location.

Robert Ramsay logoFounded in 2005, Robert Ramsay Cellars produces Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, as well as some Cabernet too, from grapes from Washington vineyard partners. Bob first forayed into winemaking 12 years ago at another winery before founding Robert Ramsay.

Like most smaller winemakers and winery owners, Bob has a day job – wine is a passion for him, and the tasting cellar on Queen Anne will be a great spot to share that passion with the community.

According to Lauren, “We were looking for a second location and are thrilled to bring a tasting room to Queen Anne, which is only 3 blocks from our home. We love it here and want to share our business and hope people enjoy our product!”

You’ll be able to taste their creations when the doors open in March. Robert Ramsay will be open 5 days a week, offering wine flights and bottle purchases – while you wait for March, you can check out the reviews and accolades for their wine online.

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CorePower Yoga opens Queen Anne Studio

January 25th, 2014 by Laura

CPY Queen Anne Exterior

Photo courtesy of CorePower Yoga

A new option for yoga on Queen Anne is now open for business. CorePower Yoga opened its 5th Seattle location yesterday, Friday, on Lower Queen Anne in the Ava apartment building at 300 3rd W Ave.

Based out of Denver, CorePower Yoga’s Queen Anne location is the 93rd studio nationally, joining Seattle studios located in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Green Lake and Bellevue.

The new Queen Anne location offers different yoga styles for all levels, Yoga Teacher Training, and Lifestyle Programs (e.g. boot camps, wellness cleanses).

CPY Queen Anne Lobby

Photo courtesy of CorePower Yoga

According to Bryna Fahrner, CorePower Yoga’s Queen Anne Studio Manager: “CorePower Yoga fits so seamlessly into Queen Anne’s historic, yet urban neighborhood setting. Having helped open Ballard, CPY’s first Seattle studio, it has been amazing to watch as each CPY Seattle studio thereafter has come alive with their own, unique community.”

You can check out classes online and new CorePower Yoga students get one week of free yoga classes at the Queen Anne studio.

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Agave Cocina & Tequilas to open early this summer

January 19th, 2014 by Laura

If you’ve walked by the EXPO Apartments building lately, you’ve likely seen the sign for Agave Cocina & Tequilas along the 1st Ave N side of the building (along with a note for Roaring Bowl – more on them soon).

Agave soon signOwner Federico Ramos says the family owned and operated restaurant will be opening in early summer – they’re shooting for a May 2014 grand opening.

The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location will be the third Agave in the area. Other locations are in the Issaquah Highlands and Redmond Town Center. You can check out their fare online, and note, they’ll be serving tequila and cocktails too.

According to Ramos, Agave serves contemporary Mexican cuisine, and they use fresh natural ingredients (organic when possible), with no preservatives, trans-fats or lard. Agave makes all of its food from scratch, including sauces, fillings, tortillas, and guacamole, and many of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails are made with fresh juices and purees.

The Agave family is looking forward to opening its third location in Queen Anne, just in time for summer!

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The Golden Olive to open in Sam’s Sushi spot

January 7th, 2014 by Laura

Golden Olive SamsOver the holidays, a reader wrote in to ask about Sam’s Sushi – Sam’s is closed and a sign is up in the window announcing “The Golden Olive” coming soon.

Nothing is coming up in business or liquor license applications for the new Mediterranean restaurant. All we know at this point is that it’ll replace Sam’s at 521 Queen Anne Ave N sometime this month (January).

The Sam’s awning and signage is still up, so an educated guess on “when” would be late January.

If you know anyone at The Golden Olive, let us know.

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